OSHA’s New Enforcement Initiative: Targeting Inpatient Health Care Facilities and Nursing Homes
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OSHA’s enforcement initiative targeting inpatient health care facilities and nursing homes is underway. On June 25, 2015, Dorothy Dougherty, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Safety and Health, issued an enforcement memorandum to federal OSHA offices and State Plans instructing OSHA compliance officers to target inpatient health care facilities and nursing homes for inspections. Inspections can begin immediately.
It is important to note that OSHA’s designation of the types of facilities that qualify as targets under this initiative is quite broad — everything from hospices to skilled nursing facilities are included. Basically, any type of inpatient health care facility or nursing home that provides residential or inpatient service is at risk.
In this session - Part II of a series (watch the video for Part I here) - Epstein Becker Green attorney Valerie Butera will highlight important and impactful areas of OSHA’s enforcement initiative now that the memorandum is released and available. Specifically, the webinar will review the following:
- Identification of the expansive range of inpatient care facilities that OSHA is targeting
- The seven health and safety hazards that OSHA plans to focus on during inspections
- OSHA’s bold plan to rely heavily on the General Duty Clause in issuing citations
- How specific worksites will be selected for an OSHA inspection in this initiative
- What to expect if your worksite is inspected
If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Kiirsten Lederer at (212) 351-4668, or [email protected].